Saugatuck quarterback Blake Dunn makes a read of the defense before handing off the ball to Colden Hartman or keeping it himself.

Saugatuck misses out on playoffs after loss to Gobles in shootout

Walt Kaechele

Football is a game of inches and they aren’t always horizontal.
In the much-anticipated Friday, Oct. 25, match-up between host Saugatuck and Gobles, the deflection of a 2-point conversion pass from Saugatuck quarterback Blake Dunn spelled the difference in the game and resulted in a 51-49 loss for the Indians.
The heartbreaking loss left the Indians with a 5-4 record and cost them a chance at a playoff berth and a share of the SAC North championship.
And it was largely due to that tipped pass, which was ultimately intercepted by Tiger defender Colton Burke
“I hate to see the season end this way,” Saugatuck coach Bill Dunn said. “The extra-point play is one we’ve used before and had a lot of success with.”
For Gobles coach Jim Wiseley, this was the kind of game they were expecting.
He said, “This was just crazy. The intercepted (conversion) pass was just part of the game plan and that was to contain (Blake) Dunn.
“We didn’t do a very good job of it in the first half, so we made some adjustments and did a much better job in the second half.”
Blake Dunn ended the game with 249 yards on 26 carries and three touchdowns. But 202 of those yards and two of those touchdowns came on his 16 first-half carries.
In a game where there was a combined offensive production of 1,026 yards, it looked like the victor was going to be the team who had the ball last—and that’s what happened. Gobles held on to win.
“I’m proud of these guys and what they were able to do this year,” Bill Dunn said. “Clearly we were undersized. We have some speed, but we have to work so hard up front. We’ve been up to the challenge all year and did it again this time, but size has been our Achilles heel all season.”
Size was not a problem early in the game as Blake Dunn busted loose in the first offensive series for a 46-yard score and 7-0 lead after kicking the extra point.

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